RAIN 4/13: Off to Vegas! We hope you'll join us for the 11th annual RAIN Summit this Sunday

Michael Schmitt
April 13, 2012 - 11:55am

Editor's note: RAIN will return Tuesday, April 17. See you in Vegas!

RAIN Summit West 2012

Our eleventh annual Internet radio conference -- RAIN Summit West -- takes place this Sunday in Las Vegas.

We have limited space left so if you'd like to attend, please register here before it's too late.

The Summit takes place at The LVH -- Las Vegas Hotel & Casino (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton, a new location for us!). Our conference will take place in Ballroom C.

Quick Links:

We'll get under way at 9:30am on Sunday, April 15 and expect to finish at 5:45pm.

The keynote presentation by ESPN's Traug Keller will take place at 4:30pm, while Kurt Hanson's State of the Industry Address will start at 11:45am (just before lunch).

RTT News will shoot the event and video coverage will be posted soon after the Summit concludes. We'll also have full coverage of the Summit in RAIN next week.

RAIN Summit West 2012 will conclude with our -- believe it or not -- 13th annual RAIN Reader Cocktail Party. It will take place on the LVH's third floor pool deck, by the gazebo. More details will be provided during the Summit.

Safe travels to all and we look forward to seeing you in Vegas!

Paul Maloney
April 13, 2012 - 11:55am

As you know, RAIN Summit West is this Sunday, once again a "co-located event" of what looks to be an eventful NAB Show. And as always, there are lots of big announcements made in the days before and at the convention. Here are a few RAIN readers should find interesting:

  • BRS Media Inc., which administers the ".fm" and ".am" top-level domains (TLDs), has submitted "an extensive, comprehensive and detailed" application to administer a new ".radio" TLD (in other words, web addresses like "ClevelandRocks.radio"). Read more here.

    BRS Media Chairman & CEO George Bundy will make a Pecha Kucha presentation about existing "industry specific" domains and ".radio" at RAIN Summit West (see today's lead story).

  • Triton Digital has updated its Advertising Platform, featuring the ability to target for pre-roll and instream ads by listeners' specific mobile device or country (or many other pre-specified custom criteria). Clients can also more easily forecast delivery to mobile-only listeners and see real-time campaign results. Read more here.

    Triton Media Group President/CEO Neal Schore will make a POV presentation at RAIN Summit West, and Triton's Robert Favre and Michael Becker will be panelists.

  • Liquid Compass and AdsWizz will unveil new features for Liquid Compass' LC Pro 2.0 streaming player (here), designed to increase both ad opportunities and interactivity. The new features include a "portable" "Now Playing" widget, custom couponing ("daily deals"), custom polls (surveys), on-the-fly advertiser "takeovers" of the player, and client controls to more quickly customize the look of the player. Read more here.

    Liquid Compass CEO and founder Zackary Lewis will make a POV presentation at RAIN Summit West.

  • Abacast has announced its "Personalized Live Radio" service, combining broadcast radio's "live and local" content with music-personalization features found on Net-only radio services (e.g. Pandora). The new PLR integrates Abacast's "Cloud-Based Insertion" to insert custom content and ads; ad campaign management; and a "song personalization engine." Abacast plans to make PLR in Q3 of this year. Read more here.
Michael Schmitt
April 13, 2012 - 11:55am

CRBThe Librarian of Congress today announced that Suzanne Barnett will be the new Chief Judge for the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB). Barnett is currently a superior court judge of King County in Seattle, Washington.

"This is the first new judge on the three-judge CRB since the judges were first appointed in January 2006, soon after Congress first created the CRB," writes Davis Wright Tremaine partner David Oxenford. He also notes that at least one royalty case has been postponed until after the new judge assumes her role at the CRB.

Oxenford has more details -- including info about the law governing who should make-up the CRB -- at the Broadcast Law Blog here.

David Oxenford will interview U.S. Copyright Office general counsel David Carson at RAIN Summit West 2012, which takes place this Sunday, April 15 (more info here).

Michael Schmitt
April 13, 2012 - 11:55am

Chrysler's wireless chargingAutomaker Chrysler will offer the ability to wirelessly charge mobile devices in its 2013 Dodge Dart. Drivers will place their iPhone, BlackBerry, Android or other mobile device on a charging grid just below the center stack. The device -- if it has the required case -- will then charge, no wires required.

Smartphones already can stream Internet radio and other audio wirelessly in cars via Bluetooth. Looks like drivers will soon be able to leave one more cable at home too.

Boy Genius Report has more coverage here.